March 6th, 2012
09:37 PM ET
10 years ago

Palin on open convention: Anything is possible

(CNN) - In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin did not shoot down the idea of accepting a proposal to run for president should the Republican presidential race lead to an open convention in August.

"Anything is possible. I don't close any doors that perhaps would be open out there, so, no, I wouldn't close that door," Palin said after casting her vote in Alaska's Republican caucuses. "My plan is to be at that convention."

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Speaking at a caucus site in her hometown of Wasilla to CNN's Paul Vercammen, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee declined to say whom she voted for on Tuesday.

Palin has long been calling for an extended nominating process, insisting a longer primary season will more thoroughly vet the eventual GOP nominee ahead of the general election.

"I believe the competition makes all our candidates better. Remember, there are five men running for president, and I think Barack Obama is the worst choice," she said.

She added that the ideal Republican nominee would be able to "bust through" what she called "Orwellian-Obama rhetoric and pandering."

Pressed on whether she would consider running for office in the future, Palin said she would "seriously consider" whatever she could do to help the country and "put things back on the right track."

"Anything I can do to help, I will be willing to help," Palin said.

The former governor also weighed in on the recent controversy over Rush Limbaugh's verbal attacks against a law student who advocated for contraception coverage.

Palin, echoing similar refrains this week from another top Republican woman, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, said the uproar over Limbaugh's comments were primarily driven by the left and argued conservative women face the same level of vitriol but without such an outcry.

"I think the definition of hypocrisy is for Rush Limbaugh to have been called out, forced to apologize and retract what it is he said in exercising his first amendment rights-and never is that, the same, applied to the leftist radicals who say such horrible things about the handicapped, about women, about the defenseless," Palin said.

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soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. TPF

    What a JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 6, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  2. kate46

    Palin has no intention of accepting the nomination for president at a brokered convention, or running in 2016. Anyone who believes that is a fool. She is just trying to stay in the spotlight and keep the donations coming.

    March 6, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  3. Hawk

    Why am I not surprised that Sarah Palin prefers a nineteenth century approach to presidential elections?

    March 6, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  4. Bill

    This woman will destroy the GOP. It's all about her and her ideals now. She care less about the state in which she'll the Republican party to. She and the likes of Rick Santorum will give Obama a second term and deliver the Democrat the House this November as well. I'm done with the Republican party. After this election, I'm switching to Independent. This election cycle shows how radical these Tea Party and the right wing of the GOP has hurt the party. They have done damage that will last for years to come. I was going to support Romney (and still will if he's the nominee), but will sit on the sideline if that radical Rick Santorum gets the nomination.

    March 6, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  5. John

    This is unreal. She actually thinks the Republican party will nominate her. This is delusional thinking. Who would vote for a quitter?

    March 6, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  6. Jeetu

    Palin has no idea of what is civility and humility. She also does not understand the American values and spirits. For her to defend RUSH is a clear sign that she has no respect for people who happen to have a different viewpoints than hers. She cannot be trusted. I do hope that the republican party nominates her as that is a sure sign for her to losf the electtion and democrats to win the house and the senate.

    March 6, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  7. Vicky

    Who said that Palin has no sense of humor.;-)

    March 6, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  8. Palin Power

    The GOP convention will be contested and Sarah Palin will easily win the nomination and the White House. She will be our next and greatest President!

    March 6, 2012 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  9. lgny

    If Palin wins the nomination and the election, the north eastern states should secede and join Canada 😉

    It's impossible to imagine a less qualified candidate.

    March 6, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  10. bellablue

    Wow!! Sarah!!!! Sarah!! Sarah!!! Just what we need for our next President!! A person who can see Russia from her house, visit Putin when she becomes President, and lead our Country right back into the financial hole that Bush and Company left us in!! Oh, and it will be "war time" again for America. Never mind the last 2 wars that Bush started. Sarah will no doubt start one with Iran, Syria, and the entire Middle East! Do you suppose she can talk the Republican Party into another entire "wardrobe" when she comes to the convention??? Or maybe she can "buy" her way into the nomination!! Afterall, that is the whole purpose of the 2012 election isn't it????? " The Republicans have lots of dirty money that might even be laundered to use to win the general election!! Buy your way with Super Pact money and corruption!! Now that's a real American if I ever knew one!!

    March 6, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  11. Avi Shlomo

    If this were to Happen, I will convert to Islam and live in Saudi Arabia

    March 6, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  12. DaveinSC

    Please, oh please let Sarah get the GOP nomination. Obama will win by 95%.

    March 6, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I don't know if she has a full understanding of what is going on now. The idea that she would be nominated from the floor of the convention is just laughable since Romney, Santorum and Gingrich wouldn't give it up the nomination without a major fight.

    March 6, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  14. daves_not_here

    "I think the definition of hypocrisy is for Rush Limbaugh to have been called out, forced to apologize and retract what it is he said in exercising his first amendment rights-and never is that, the same, applied to the leftist radicals who say such horrible things about the handicapped, about women, about the defenseless," Palin said.

    Wait – what??

    March 6, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  15. Tom

    First, no one took away Limbaugh's 1st ammendent right. He can be a sumbag – that's his right, but he must deal with the public's right to outcry. Second – I hope Palin runs – it increases Obama's odds even more.

    March 6, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  16. Jack

    "the leftist radicals who say such horrible things about the handicapped, about women, about the defenseless," Palin said. Huh? Care to provide any examples Sarah? I believe the powers that be in the GOP (the wealthy, not the religious nuts) are fairly satisfied with Obama in the White House. They get to bash him in public but he has followed the wishes of the wealthy elites and that's the key to political success. GOP are putting up with crazy candidates who they don't believe will be electable. If they feel Romney or Santorum have a chance at beating Obama, maybe they'll put Sarah up to ensure a loss.

    March 6, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  17. Judd

    I consider myself a Republican and I could care less what Sarah Palin has to say!! She offers us nothing!!

    March 6, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  18. Charles

    If this woman had any respect for the democratic process, she would not accept the nomination of a brokered convention, nor would any Republican who believes in the democratic process ever think of nominating her. But that said, I think there will be a brokered convention, simply because Republicans do not care for the will of Americans, of the left or right. They will usurp the power of the voters, ignore their will, and call it leadership. And while I plan to vote for Obama, I think it is an utter slap in the face to the four remaining GOP candidates who have campaigned so hard for their party's nomination only to see it given to someone who can't even remember why Paul Revere ever got on a horse to begin with.

    March 6, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  19. Patrick from Minnesota

    Does she WANT the Republicans to lose?

    March 6, 2012 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  20. Proud to be an Independent !

    The Republican Party has turned into a joke ! I'm going Democrat straight ticket this election !

    March 6, 2012 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  21. Sandy

    The absurdity of her comment is her reference to Obama as somehow Orwellian. She and her pathetic friends on the right are the true embodiments of that which George Orwell warned us about so long ago. She never backs up her ludicrous allegations; she never explains how Obama is "Orwellian;" and, frankly, I doubt if she has any idea what it means for someone to be "Orwellian." Fortunately, she can find the answer to that question anytime she wants. She need only look in the mirror while she talks politics. The defense of Limbaugh by Bachmann and Palin reveal that they are utterly incapable of separating any real truth from their warped political view. It is unimaginable that this country has become so degraded as to treat Palin as a serious person worthy of attention from the media. What a disgrace that our political leadership has become so impoverished. Is she really any different than many of the tin horn dictators that hold power throughout the world? It is an insult to airheads to call her that name.

    March 6, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  22. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Palin couldn't even fulfill her term as governor of a low population, welfare state, what makes her think she could handle anything tough?

    March 6, 2012 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  23. phenoy

    OMG this is wonderful! Let her run for president! I can't wait to hear what she has to say on anything...This is exactly what the Republicans need, a fresh perspective from a smart woman....

    March 6, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  24. Bootstomper

    Won't Bristol be the GOP'S VP canidate?

    March 6, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  25. Rick

    Lets see, she says it's great to stretch out the nominating because it will allow a full vetting of the Republican candidates. Then she implies she would accept the nomination if it came to her at a brokered convention???? Now wait a minute. What's the point of vetting all the candidates, then giving the nomination to someone who isn't vetted and didn't go through the process? Part of it may be Sarah Palin knows she could never stand up to a thorough vetting.

    March 6, 2012 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
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